Don’t let COVID-19 stop you from acting F.A.S.T. against stroke
People in Lancashire and South Cumbria are being urged not to delay seeking help if they have signs of having a stroke and to ‘Act FAST’ to help save lives.
NHS staff have been working together to ensure that stroke care and urgent treatment can safely continue while responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Clinicians are concerned that people are putting off getting help when they need it due to COVID-19 worries or may be failing to recognise the signs of a stroke.
The main signs of stroke can be remembered with the word FAST:
Face – has their face fallen on one side? Can they smile?
Arms – can they raise both arms and keep them there?
Speech – is their speech slurred?
Time to call 999
For information about stroke, visit: www.nhs.uk/conditions/stroke
For information, if you have had a stroke and you’re worried about COVID-19, visit: www.stroke.org.uk/finding-support/information-coronavirus-stroke-survivors